HOUSE “Larger than Life” Review

HOUSE Larger Than Life

HOUSE “Larger than Life” Season 7 Episode 9 – Relationships take center stage when Cuddy’s mom visits and Taub’s wife suddenly wants sex in the “Larger than Life” episode of HOUSE. Meanwhile, the patient of the week is an unlikely hero who saves the life of an epileptic woman who falls on subway tracks but collapses shortly after.

“House’s world view doesn’t include random acts of self-sacrifice.” Matthew Lillard guest stars as Jack Nash, a bass player who collapses shortly after becoming the Subway Hero. He consistently disappoints his wife and daughter, and House thinks the key to his diagnosis lies with the unexpected heroism. That the answer is as simple (but still incredibly dangerous) as chicken pox he picked up from his daughter is a terrific resolution since so much of this episode seems to be about not seeing what is right in front of you. There are a couple of interesting twists and I like the House-Masters by-play and the Chase-Foreman rock paper scissors game to see who would be stuck with Masters. As a bonus, we Joan of Arcadia fans get a ‘Joanith’ reunion since Sprague Grayden (Judith on JoA) guest stars as Jack’s long-suffering wife, who says “There’s nothing worse than loving someone who won’t stop disappointing you.” While that primarily points to Taub, is it also foreshadowing for House and Cuddy?

“She wants someone else and you slept with other women. Why are you still together?” Well, Masters gets this one right and I’m glad we finally get some closure on Taub’s dead, buried, and rotted marriage. He wasn’t going to change, Rachel was going to continue feeling hurt as she longed for another man, and the two of them would continue suffocating because neither had any idea how to leave. At least this way, Taub did grow and change–he was honest with Rachel about what he wanted, he accepted responsibility for his actions, and he let her admit she wasn’t happy. That’s huge for him, and when combined with his throwing paint balls at himself, Taub is suddenly much more interesting to me. The billboard subplot is fun, though I disagree that Taub looks all that trustworthy. Of course House paints a Hitler mustache on him and Chase gets completely insecure.

“Yes, you will be in hell, but I will feel better having you there. That is what a relationship is. We average our misery.” Doesn’t that make all you unattached people want to run out and find that special someone? I think this is the best the House/Cuddy relationship has been handled in a while. House concedes slightly by going to Cuddy’s birthday dinner, but he remains House, what with the drugging and all, and they have their moment of connection and near bliss washing dishes, which make sit feel real and more grounded than usual. There are no words for how much I adore my mother, and I love her even more after watching the fabulous Candice Bergen as Cuddy’s difficult mother. The dinner is comedy gold and I love how Cuddy and Wilson own House to get him there. That Arlene and House are essentially two peas in a pod is just icing on the cake.

Favorite lines:

“How often do you break up with the love of your life? Okay, for you it’s more often than most.” Okay, ouch.

“I’d have to act like a decent human being. You know what a strain that puts on me.” At least he tries.

“I just want to sit on my couch, in my underwear, drink scotch and watch Real Housewives of New Jersey.” I’m surprised Cuddy and Wilson fall for House’s trick at the end, or maybe they just decide to cut him some slack, but I’m glad he gets his night off.

“My assessment is based on millions of men and–Taub–who cheated on their wives.” Snort.

“That’s hard to believe since you’re currently schtupping her.” I have no idea why this made me laugh so hard, but it did.

“I didn’t read any studies. I just raised children.” Bergen has just the right amount of casual disdain here.

“Leaving aside the fact that House is a sociopath, I’m actually relieved.” Poor Wilson–House really needs to stop drugging him.

I’m so happy to have such an enjoyable episode of House after the long break. I’m thrilled to close the door on Taub’s marriage to Rachel, though I still wish she had left him, House and Cuddy seem as strong as they’re capable of being with shockingly little drama, and the patient of the week is interesting and very well-played by Matthew Lillard. Color me happy.

What did you think of the episode? Are you happy Taub and Rachel are done or do you think they should have stuck it out?

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